First of all, I'd like to give a thousand props to @stitches and @Caleb3502 for their excellent mocks that I would love to see play out in the coming weeks. I usually do mine a few weeks earlier and a hell of a lot more college scouting than I did this year, but life has prevented that. Like stitches, I am using thedraftnetwork, spotrac, and overthecap, as well as the pff big board as a guide for cap projectinos/contract projections and to see where others have guys rated.
CAP SPACE - $48.9M
Ryan Kelly - saves $7M
Grover Stewart - saves $3M
Jack Doyle - saves 4.4M - I love Jack Doyle but this is a business, and I can't justify keeping him on the roster and taking reps away from MAC who has proven to be everything that everyone thought Doyle was. If there was a trade offer on the table I'd jump at that for sure but I don't think there's a market.
CAP SPACE - $63.3M
Mo Alie-Cox - 2Y/8M - The guy was studly in the first half of the year and then kinda disappeared with the snaps being so divvied up between him, Doyle, and Burton. I want to see Mo Cox.
Zach Pascal - 1Y/3.5M - Second round tender
TJ Carrie - 1Y/2M - He performed admirably when called upon last year so he gets a salary bump and chance to compete for an expanded role.
George Odum - 1Y/1M - Special teams ace, just don't ask him to play safety.
Ashton Dulin - 1Y/540K ERFA
Taylor Stallworth 1Y/750K ERFA
I'd like to keep Rhodes and Hilton but I think they find more money elsewhere. Rhodes also scares me because last time he got paid he played like a practice squad player. I'd love for TY to be a Colt lifer but I don't think it's happening and I've accepted that now. I'd like Houston to stay another year but I'll get over it if he doesn't. Autry is a total JAG to me and I'd like to see Tyquan slide into his role.
CAP SPACE - $51.5M
Trey Hendrickson DE - 3Y/30M - Fits the Ballard size requirement and has some nice sack production. I am honestly pretty lukewarm about the EDGE players in free agency despite what everyone else says but I think we have to bring one in and he represents my favorite option there.
Jonnu Smith TE - 4Y/36M - Homie will fit the Reich offense perfectly in the Ebron/Burton type role, he'll just be better at it. Plus we get the added bonus of sticking it to the Titans.
Rashard Higgins WR - 4Y/24M - Not the sexy signing everyone wants but I think he'd be a solid, under the radar signing. Once ODB went down and he got some opportunities he put up some good numbers. Great YPC so I think he could stretch the field and open things up for Pittman in the intermediate and Campbell underneath.
Quinton Dunbar CB - 2Y/12M - I don't see him getting a huge contract after his off field shenanigans last year. His play went from elite to utter trash in Seattle but I'm gonna put some blame on the culture they seem to be cultivating out there. I think he could have a Rhodes-esque resurgence here with Eberflus. Nice, long corner too.
Ahkello Witherspoon CB - 1Y/3M - Graded out very well with PFF just didn't have much playing time. Has all the measurables Ballard likes and I'd love to have him here playing some press D. Giving him the same contract Rhodes got and let's see how it plays out.
Tashaun Gipson S - 1Y/1M - Need depth with Wilson walking.
Tanoh Kpassognon DT - 1Y/1.5M - Impressive length. Not much more to say about him but he fits the Ballard mold and I'd like to see if a change in scheme is what he needs. Kind of fits the Autry/Margus Hunt role.
Roderick Johnson OT- 1Y/2M - Has had playing time and hasn't looked terrible. My idea is to bring in vets to compete on that left side and see which one sticks because Green and Clark ain't it.
Julie'n Davenport OT - 1Y/1M - The other vet.
CAP SPACE - $13M
Trade our first for Buffalo's 1st and 3rd (30 and 93)
1/30 - Dillon Radunz LT - I think with an NFL weight training regimen he will be a stud and a great replacement for Castonzo.
2/54 - Dyami Brown WR - Field stretcher with solid route running abilities.
3/93 - Payton Turner DE - Another size and length prospect that Ballard would love, and hey, at least this edge rusher isn't in the second round. :)
4/128 - Benjamin Cleveland OG - Let's just maul people in the run game with this big boy.
5/166 - Alim McNeil DT - PFF loves the guy but all the boards seem to have him dropping pretty far. Big time run stuffer.
6/206 - Cameron Sample DE - Improved by leaps and bounds for his senior year and I like his size.
7/249 - Sam Ehlinger QB - Stash him on the PS and see if he develops.
QB - Wentz, Eason, Ehlinger (maybe)
RB - Taylor, Hines, Wilkins
WR - Pittman, Campbell, Higgins, Brown, Pascal, Dulin
TE - Smith, Alie-Cox, Togiai
LT - Radunz, Davenport
LG - Nelson, Pinter
C - Kelly
RG - Glowinski, Cleveland
RT - Smith, Johnson
DE - Hendrickson, Turay, Lewis, Turner, Sample
DT - Buckner, Stewart, McNeil, Kpassognon, Stallworth
LB - Leonard, Okereke, Adams, Franklin, Speed, Glasgow
CB - Moore, Ya-Sin, Dunbar, Witherspoon, Carrie, Rogers
S - Blackmon, Willis, Gipson, Odum